“ 8 Hay Lane, Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 5RF. Tel:08721 077 077 „
When it comes to pub life in Coventry...well to be perfectly honest with you it's all pretty limited really (well it feels that way when you live here lol). We have a place in town called the Skydome which houses the likes of Jumping Jaks, Old Orleans, Chicago's and a couple of nightclubs, we have an older part of town called Spon End which has more traditional pubs and pretty much caters for all ages, we also have Gosford Green with is really pretty much of a student area and then in the centre of town a few pubs dotted about. This one is situated in Hay Lane right opposite our old and new cathedrals and a very short walk away from the university. It has neighbours of a hairdressers and a couple of restaurants and a take away and basically it's slap bang in the middle of the City Centre with plenty of parking a stones throw away, a taxi rank virtually outside it and it's even on all major bus routes. It sits on a cobbled street which is really very quite and is actually a rather lovely looking Tudor building with it's original beams (painted in black and white and it is a Grade 2 listed building). There is a simple sign hanging outside with a cross on it and a few flower baskets. It looks like a nice pub.... Until you look at the windows wich are absolutely filthy and from there on in it gets worse...sadly! I'm sorry to say this but it is a flea pit. It's just awful! When you walk in you are met with awful décor. Clumsily painted in emulsion are the beams, dark scuffed wooden floor, tables, chairs and benches in dark wood this is not a place for comfort. It's all been made worse by a yellowy coloured paint that looks like it needs a good re-paint since the none smoking ban came into enforcement and the whole place feels grimy and a wee bit sticky though there are plenty of places to take a pew and it's a pretty open space but even in the daytime this place feels dark and dismal. The bar is at the back of the pub and well stocked it is with student types serving and I will say this for the place the staff although slow are really pleasant and approachable. All type of drinks are available though don't expect champers here! Prices are cheap and cheerful and this place does have offers always available on the likes of beer etc. There are toilets and there is disabled access (on the first floor only)though how so when it's packed I don't know but there is a disabled loo as well. There are of course male and female loos that are smelly and scruffy with holes in doors. Not pleasant loos but least you can spend a penny if need be and there is never any flipping toilet roll in there! Music wise this is where it excels. The Enemy started here and upstairs is the live music venue and at weekends it really pulls in the crowds (the room can also be negotiated for hire for up to 120 people). Again it has a bar up there and it looks pretty much the same as downstairs, with loos etc though slightly more gothy with a chandelier. Again it's scruffy but it's mega popular open and open till late (this place chooses it's own closing times really lol). The prices to get in vary on time and whose on but it never more than a couple of quid type thing. Downstairs has a juke box sometimes it's on sometimes it's not. Sometimes it's too noisy sometimes it isn't. Upstairs is noisy and cos of that they have had problems with licensing. The customers here are young, usually students and like to visit in large groups. I've been in here a few times and I have to admit that although it's young and noisy I do feel quite comfortable here. There is no smoking area just a side door and front door to the street so no heating or anything it's very basic. Food and light snacks are available in the daytime but I'm not going to pretend I know about the food here cos I don't. From what I gather it's a selection of sarnies and that type of thing but there is no way I would ever eat here to be honest and I've never seen anyone do so and cetainly haven't seen any type of menu! Overall: Ok if you want a quick pint and don't mind your surroundings. Great if you enjoy student life and loud and live somewhat alternative music but that's it really. I personally won't be going till it gets cleaned up and it won't be! On the upside I have never ever seen any trouble here and people do seem to rub along pretty nicely! It's so sad for this Tudor building which was to be first known to be open actually as an Inn in 1661. Opening Times: Monday & Tuesday 12noon - 11pm. Wednesday 12noon - 11pm (or 12pm alternate weeks with live entertainment). Thursday 12noon - 1am. Friday & Saturday 12noon - 2am. Sunday - Closed Entertainment: THURSDAY DJ plays a bit of everything - rock / pop & requests. FRIDAY DJ plays 60's / 70's & a bit of Indie. Both floors open until 2am. SATURDAY DJ plays bit of everything - rock / pop & requests. Both floors open until 2am. EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY Live Band. MONTHLY Costume Balls - nights can vary but usually on a Saturday night. Please note bouncers are on door in the evenings. Id is requested (I've seen that) and children only welcome before 5pm if eating.